NEW YORK (Sep. 1)
A new group calling itself the Argentine National Socialist Front has circulated a letter in Buenos Aires claiming responsibility for the bombings last Friday of two Buenos Aires synagogues and a drugstore, according to reports received here from Buenos Aires.
The letter, which proclaimed an all-out war against a “Jewish-Bolshevik plutocracy,” and which blamed Argentina’s 600,000-member Jewish community for the country’s growing economic problems, was denounced by an Argentine government spokesman as the work of “an unimportant minority.” The spokesman also was quoted as saying the new group was “trying to create fear and a fictitious state of instability to frighten away foreign investment.”
The letter, signed FNSA, the group’s initials in Spanish, said the Friday bombings of the Jewish institutions marked the opening of a campaign of “diverse punitive operations against important elements of international Judaism.” The letter also said the group was thus identifying “those who are principally responsible for the Argentine disaster and national disintegration” and that its “war” would end only with “the extermination of the Jewish-Bolshevik plutocracy.”
MOVE TO BAN NAZI BOOK
The government spokesman also said yesterday that a decision could be expected within the next two weeks on demands for a government ban on distribution of bound reprints of Hitler’s speeches, distributed by Editorial Milicia, a publishing house which also has issued reprints of the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The complaints were made by the Argentine Catholic Church through Criteria, its monthly magazine, and by the DAIA, the central representative agency of Argentine Jewry.
The government spokesman was quoted as saying “we agree that something must be done to avoid this type of publication that tries to divide the people and create conflict.”
A liberal Buenos Aires paper, L’Opinion, which published the NFSA letter, was also the target of an attempted bombing last Friday, according to its Jewish publisher, Jacobo Timerman. He said in an article in L’Opinion yesterday that his life had now been threatened by both the extreme right and left.
DAIA PROTESTS BOMBING OF BUILDINGS
Meanwhile, the DAIA reported yesterday that its office in Cordoba had protested to authorities against the bombing of the Sephardic Club building in Cordoba. The blast caused heavy damage to the building. No casualties were reported.
The DAIA, also providing details on the bombings of the two synagogues in Buenos Aires the explosives were placed outside the Murillo Street Temple and the Sephardic Community Center on Camagargo Street. The blasts caused damage to the main gates of the synagogues and to the masonry and broke all the windows in the two synagogues. One blast tore a hole more than a yard wide in a wall of the Murillo Street synagogue. Police were investigating the bombings.
The DAIA said in its protest that the bombings demonstrated criminal intentions of elements seeking to terrorize the Jewish community. The DAIA protest was made before the circulation of the FNSA letter.